Hermosa Drive-In

201 W. Hermosa Drive,
Artesia, NM 88210

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The Circle Drive-In was located on the SE side of Artesia. It was built and opened sometime before 1955 and run by Ray Bartlett. By 1978 it had been re-named Hermosa Drive-In. It was later closed and demolished.

Today, Artesia RV Park & Storage sits on the property with no trace of the drive-in left save for the overall outline and the entrance/exit road.

Contributed by Ken McElhaney

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imaxman on August 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

I worked at the Hermosa Drive In theater in 1967 as a projectionist. an helped out at the LandSun indoor theater.

imaxman on August 24, 2015 at 1:34 pm

During my time at The Hermosa we had just put up a 24 sheet billboard poster for a Beatles movie when the uproar about the alleged Beatles comments on god and everyone was banning any thing to do with them. This was around August 1966 according to the internet. We had to remove the poster and replace it with another film title. The projection booth had 2 Simples XL 35 projectors, Strong Futura carbon arc lamp houses, and Super Panatar anamorphic lenses. the sound system was still speakers on posts.

Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez on November 1, 2017 at 9:50 pm


The FDY of 1956 lists a Circle B Drive-In for Artesia; a small detail, I know but I wanted to confirm that the “Circle B” is one and the same as the Circle Drive-In/Hermosa Drive-In AND can someone please clarify if this “Circle B” is actually a third name this theatre had over the years or simply a typo either on part of the FDY editor adding a “B” where there shouldn’t be one othe CT contributor omitting one.

Also, the FDY of 1964 lists two drive-ins:

•Hermose Drive-In
•Circle B Drivd-In

I’d assume “Hermose” was a misprint for Hermosa (?) but still, that listing clearly leads one to believe that The Hermosa and Circle B were two separate theatres running at the same time. Is that possible? Did Artesia have 2 different ozoners (regardless of whether they were operational at the same time or not)?

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